Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Civil War/ 1800's Quilt


I've started a new quilt! AGAIN! BUT, this time I finished a quilt before I began a new one so I feel okay about it. This is the start of my Civil War Fabrics Quilt. I am SLOWLY collecting some very pretty civil war and 1800's repro fabrics.
I'm not sure how I'll be putting this together just yet. I have two options... I might make 16" blocks with this plate in the center and then just do a straight setting OR I might use this as the medallion center and work lots of different blocks around it. I'm leaning towards the second way since I get bored easily. I would be able to do some hand worked blocks and some machine ones to surround this.
I still need to decide on a background to set this on. I'm leaning toward a lightly printed muslin if I can find one in civil war prints that I like. Otherwise it'll be plain muslin. I also need to decide on a fabric for the center circle. I'll applique that to the plate, after I applique the plate to the background.

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1/29/2014 Update: I've had LOTS of questions and interest in this block. This is my own design but there are some patterns out on the market that are similar. I have an old Russian sunflower block pattern (1950's or older) that inspired me. I used a template for the petals from a company that is no longer in business but you could use any Dresden template. I folded long thin triangles in half and inserted them into the seams to get the white part. This quilt is one of my UFOs now... I used this as the center of a large block and have added rows to surround it. I am slowly making a medallion quilt. One of these days I will update with a picture. Thank you for all the interest. 

33 comments:

Rebecca P said...

That is beautiful Deb. 1800's is my favorite. Seeing all those repoduction fabrics out there gets me so excited. I think a nice shirting fabric would be a nice background.
Did you design that plate? Love it.
1800's fabric would be a good charm swap. Hum, I'm number 7, might have to think about that.
Hugs,
Rebecca

Quiltluver said...

I like the way the light fabrics look against the other fabrics. I hadn't seen that pattern before, but I like the inner star. It is going to be a beautiful quilt.

Northern Deb said...
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Rebecca P said...

I know, pink is my first love, but my second is 1800's. I'll just keep you in suspense until it is my time. ha ha

A frog in the quilt said...

I love this Deb! I have managed to stay away from civil war fabrics so far (too close to brown) but lately they are looking better and better. Yours certainly does the fabric justice.

Lurline said...

Deb, this block is stunning - I love what you have done! You must let folks know what gorgeous, bright fabrics there are in repros! Check out my last post if you like - they are all repros and BRIGHT(Siggy Quilt)
Hugs - Lurline!

Karen said...

Beautiful!! What pattern is that from? I love it.

Northern Deb said...

Karen, it's not a pattern, just something I'm fooling around with. If you take a regular fan/dresden pattern and insert triangles that are folded in half, into your seam, you'll have this type of pattern when pressed. It's really easy and I love how it looks.

Kathie said...

I absolutely love this block
I hope you will do a tutorial on how to make it.
Ah yes 1800's fabrics nothing like them in mho!
love them all!
I bet you can find a nice shirting to put this on top of
Kathie

Karen said...

I have never seen a block like this. So very interesting. Your fabric choices give it a definite antique look.

Northern Deb said...

Thank you to whoever PINNED me. I'm still working on this quilt. I have this center done and have add two borders... now working on another. I'll take a picture of it soon.

Ms. Jan said...

This is so awesome! Would you consider doing a tutorial for those of us less creative?

Michelle Watson said...

I found this post via Pinterest. I second the previous commentor, I'd be very appreciative of a few pics on how you achieved this lovely variation to the block. It really brings new life to an already great block.

ncredbird said...

Where would I find the pattern for this block? I have lots of old ties I would love to use for these.

Jane said...

I think it's gorgeous. I also love repro fabrics. Looking forward to seeing how you finish this!

Lani said...

I love this block. I do hope that you do a tutorial on how to make it:)

Linda said...

Do you have a pattern for this dresden plate, is it so pretty!

Linda said...

I love this dresden plate, do you have a pattern for it?

Deb Peterson said...

I found this on Pinteres, This is absolutely beautiful.

Sharon Britt said...

Could you give us more of a tutorial on this block? I see the triangle, how big is it? Just a little more of an explanation please! It's killing me!

Sharon Britt said...

Could you please give more directions for the block? I've tried to figure it out and just need a little help!

sewbeit said...

would love to know your source for the two templates. I have a ton of civil war era fabrics left over from my Dear Jane, I made a king size scappy quilt out of them and it didn't even make a dent in them. I would love to make this one too your block is stunning!
Southern Deb
(who used to be a Yankee)

flavia said...

ciao cercavo da anni questo schema di Dresden plate...
per caso gentilmente potresti inviarmi i pattern per realizzarlo??? avrei un quilt da terminare e vorrei aggiungere questa particolare blocco!
puoi contattarmi tramite
centofla.patch@yahoo.com

Mary said...

Love your block - really pretty fabric - I love civil war fabrics! Especially the blues and chedders - Mary

Northern Deb said...

Thank you, Mary....yes, reproduction fabrics are wonderful to work with...so warm.

leratdesfils said...

Splendide !

Anonymous said...

did you ever finish the quilt? I'd love to see the finished result.

hollyglenstudios said...

This could make one beautiful Christmas tree skirt! Thanks for sharing.

hollyglenstudios said...

This would make one beautiful Christmas tree skirt! Thanks for sharing.

Northern Deb said...

We are finally in our new house and the sewing room is finished so I'll be working on this one and another civil war quilt. I'll post progress on my blog. Thanks!

kate said...

HOw do the points on the white "long, thin, folded triangles, not end up with a raw tip which would get raveled? It seems like the raw edged tip would end up peeking out, since it doesn't go to the top of the two Dresden pieces. I hope that question makes sense!?

Northern Deb said...

@kate the raw edges are lined up with the raw edges of the Dresden pieces....so when the seam is stitched the point is buried but a new point shows...a point 1/4"in. Does that help?...the white pieces end before the Dresden fan pieces do.

Anonymous said...

I am so excited that you will be posting your progress on your blog. I have loved this quilt block for some time now and look forward to seeing your progression! Thank you for sharing and inspiring us all.